The Norsemen would start from three points in one corner the Arabs under Musa al-Qasi from the other two. The treasure capture at Seville would be secretly distributed across the viking units and they would attempt to get as much as possible....if any away to their boats. These scenarios when we have played them are notoriously difficult for the ‘escaping’ side so we made it slightly harder for the Arabs three of their units had wild charge so could be dragged into the difficult terrain where they could be potentially slaughtered, it also means they will be slightly harder to get moving. Anyway on to the action.....
The viking army rolls successfully and brings on every unit first turn a good start
The longboat awaits but the Arab cavalry can be seen coming on from the left
After a single shot the cavalry fail an evade test and are cut down by the quicker than expected vikings, bad start !
The rest of the norsemen are making good progress but are being attacked with arrow fire
...and then Musa al-Qasi arrives together with more heavy but impetuous cavalry
He idly charges in against the heavy viking warriors..possibly not a good idea
Meanwhile nearer the boats the arab light infantry is hoping to hold back the vikings on the left
Gradually the norsemen are whittled down and Ragnar himself decides to make a push for the boats
Once the heavy cavalry has polished off the remaining warriors
They focus their attention on Ragnar...he mustn’t get away
Despite his wounds he bravely fights on and in fact has a chance to escape but uttering an oath to Thor he heroically stands to fight to the death and join his kin in Valhalla, but his end is les dramatic shot down in the end by arrows........
Burn the boats........... and praise be the north men have been defeated.
So our little campaign has finished, a draw in the first battle and one good win each. It has been fun mixing things up with vikings vs Arabs as they give greater variety to the conflict.....at some point we will come back and do the larger battle of Talyata........perhaps I need a few more vikings ! Not surprisingly the vikings also raided the Christian territories of Leon and Castile so i might try that at some point. Historically the Arabs learnt their lesson and built a wall around the city of Seville......too late i think !
Weather has been ridiculously good here, so two more shots of the beautiful Lake District
Ullswater looking due south
Not her game planned this evening and the weather remains good, so more soon 👍